Psychological Aid to Victims of War and the Covid Pandemic - 19 in Ukraine


  • Olga Samara National University "Odesa Law Academy"
  • Veronika Shkrabiuk Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
  • Marianna Kompanovych The Private Soint-Stock Company "Higher Education Institution "Interregional Academy of Personnel Management"
  • Svitlana Liebiedieva National University of Civil Defence of Ukraine
  • Nataliia Mateiko Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
  • Oksana Shelever State University “Uzhhorod National Universiti”



Psychotrauma, stress, crisis, neuropsychological correction, self-help, inner resources, psychotherapeutic and psychological approaches, psychotherapy


The article reflects theoretical, methodological and methodical bases of psychological aid to victims of unexpected crisis-military situations on the background of coronovirus pandemics spreading. The essence of psychological self-help as a factor of stress-resistance and internal psychological potential of resisting psychological traumas in the conditions of war and viral pandemics with the propositions of effective methodological means of its conducting is revealed. In providing psychological aid, the cognitive-behavioral approach was deemed effective as the basic one, and it was suggested that integrative psychotherapeutic and comprehensive psychological approaches to crisis counseling in conditions of military conflict be applied, depending on the specifics of survivors' experience of acute emotional reactions and the complexity of the course of posttraumatic stress disorders of resistance to the action of a psychotraumatic factor. Neuropsychological correction deserves special attention in providing psychological aid in conditions of military conflict and pandemics, which allows a combination of an integrated body-oriented psychological approach with neuro-psycho-correctional techniques and psychotherapeutic methods for effective restoration of the tone of the nervous system and stabilization of the psycho-emotional state. The main provisions of practical psychology that in conditions of war and pandemic COVID-19 the adaptive potential of psychological health of each person and psychological self-help is love, faith and hope. Psychological recommendations of educational character for the formation of basic skills to ensure psychological health in conditions of war and pandemic COVID-19 have been developed.

Author Biographies

Olga Samara, National University "Odesa Law Academy"

Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology

Veronika Shkrabiuk, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University

Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Associate Professor of General and Clinical Psychology Department

Svitlana Liebiedieva, National University of Civil Defence of Ukraine

Ph.D. in Psychology, Senior researcher, the Leading Researcher of the Research Laboratory of Extreme and Crisis Psychology of the Research Center

Oksana Shelever, State University “Uzhhorod National Universiti”

Candidate of Science in Pedagogy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology


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How to Cite

Samara, O., Shkrabiuk, V., Kompanovych, M., Liebiedieva, S., Mateiko, N., & Shelever, O. (2022). Psychological Aid to Victims of War and the Covid Pandemic - 19 in Ukraine. BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, 13(4), 227-241.

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